The Resource Mama, will it snow tonight?
- Mama, will it snow tonight?
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- Nancy White Carlstrom ; illustrated by Paul Tong
- Three mothers and their offspring--fox, rabbit, and human--wait for the first snow of winter
- PreS Anyone familiar with young children will recognize their tendency to ask the same question over and over again, which can be either annoying or endearing. In this case, it’s the latter; the title question is repeated in the voice of a small child, accompanied by evocative soft-focus paintings of a triad of families: foxes, rabbits, and of course, humans, all peering at the sky and noting the signs of approaching winter. These signs differ for each kind of family: for people, Our jam is made; for foxes, Our fur is thick; and for rabbits, Our brown turns white. The scene is set with just a few words: The wind is brrrr. The bushes bare. The berries picked, and the text’s quiet tone complements perfectly the images of a snug farm, a deep blue wintry sky, and the three sets of loving mothers and children going about their business. This simple, beautiful portrayal of anticipation answers young children’s desire for reassurance as well as information. -- Foote, Diane (Reviewed 09-15-2009) (Booklist, vol 106, number 2, p65)
- PreS— A bunny, a baby fox, and a little girl eagerly await the first snowfall of winter, asking if it will happen that night. The foxes are ready; their fur is thick. The rabbits' brown fur has turned winter white; they are ready. And the humans have picked their berries and made the jams they will eat during the winter. They are ready, too. After the mothers look up at the moon, they tell their little ones that, indeed, it will snow tonight. The text is spare, with the title question repeated many times. The result is a thin story with attractive art. Tong's oil illustrations are simple with a distinctly nippy air. This book could be used with preschoolers to introduce the changing seasons.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME --Mary Hazelton (Reviewed November 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 11, p74)
- Three children—a fox, a rabbit and a human girl—each ask their respective Mamas the title question. Carlstrom's gently repetitive, more-or-less rhythmic delivery abets a sense of inevitability to the proceedings, appropriately: "The wind is brrrr. / The bushes bare. / The berries picked." Even though the Mamas' initial answers are in the negative, they help their children see the signs that indicate the arrival of winter: "Our fur is thick. / Our brown turns white. / Our jam is made." Tong's fuzzy-edged oils complement the soft text appropriately, but all together the result is more doughy than cuddly. The text lacks the infectious quality of the author's Jesse Bear books, and the composition and execution of most of the illustrations are only adequate. Highly additional. (Picture book. 2-5) (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2009)
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